Janne Teller

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Janne Teller was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has written several award-winning novels that have been translated into a number of languages. Nothing is the winner of the prestigious Best Children’s Book Award from the Danish Cultural Ministry and is also a Printz Award Honor Book in the United States. Janne lives in New York City and Denmark.

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Courage is to do what I fear doing

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. The life time prisoner in Faulkner's Wild Palms who saves a pregnant woman from the floods even though it costs him his one possibility for freedom.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A cat

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Sincerity, courage, heart

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Trying to change the world ...; more seriously: being involved with international politics somehow, at some level or other. Otherwise, Reading, walking around the city, talking with friends, opera, travel (particularly by car), sitting in café's reading, watching people, discussing small and big matters with friends ...

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